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Couple slash house price by £200,000 to escape noisy neighbourhood ‘hell’

SICK ... Tony Gibson, 69 is getting serious parking troubles with Royal Mail sorting office and noise from boozers at the Duke Pub.

SICK ... Tony Gibson, 69 is getting serious parking troubles with Royal Mail sorting office and noise from boozers at the Duke Pub.

A DESPERATE couple have slashed £200,000 off the price of their luxury historic home to escape their neighbourhood “hell.”

Pensioners Tony and Patricia Gibson, from Washington, said they feared death would come before any sale.

Retired painter and decorator Tony, 69, said: “I fear the only way out of here is in a box. This is killing us off.”

They claim their five-bedroomed detached house in Windlass Lane, Albany Village, is caught between a nearby noisy Royal Mail sorting office and a busy pub.

In more than two years on the market, they have yet to have an offer for the 160-year-old property.

They also say they often spot potential buyers driving away without stopping after seeing its surroundings.

The great-grandparents bought the house – once the home of the Washington F Pit managers – 43 years ago.

It has three bathrooms, extensive gardens and an annex flat, and was originally marketed at £550,000.

The couple allege postal vans wake them around 6am and staff cause disruption parking outside their home and on double yellow lines.

And they claim there is also noise from the Duke of Albany pub, which forces them to keep their windows shut and stops them enjoying their garden.

Mr Gibson and his 68-year-old wife say their complaints to council, pub and Royal Mail chiefs have fallen on deaf ears.

He added: “We’ve dropped the price substantially, we just want out.

“We retired to enjoy life, not to have to suffer this.”

Washington Labour MP, Sharon Hodgson, who has been looking into their claims for five years, said: “I have every sympathy with the unique situation they are in.

“I have taken all the steps I can to ensure that the issues they have are dealt with by the relevant bodies, and I will continue to do so.

“Unfortunately, it’s not always possible for me to get constituents the result they want and that has been true in this case.”

The Royal Mail spokeswoman Jennifer Bird confirmed the matter was being investigated, adding: “The delivery manager will speak directly to Mr Gibson to discuss this matter fully.

“Royal Mail always tries to be a good neighbour and we hope to have a constructive dialogue on this matter.”

 

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